Medina, Sofia – 13″ Wide Four Color Jar with Birds and Rainbows (1980s)

13"w x 11.5"h

$ 1,500.00

This is a striking wide-shoulder jar by Sofia Medina.  The jar is made in the traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays, and native fired.  The shape of this jar has a wide shoulder and a short neck.  There are two sections with a Zia bird under a double rainbow. Above the birds are tan polished clouds. The rainbows are polished red.  Separating the birds are tan and red polished clouds.  Below the clouds are rain designs.  The base is polished red.  The jar is simply beautifully polished and painted.  Did you know that Zia potters use basalt as their temper for the clay, which gives these pieces their stability but also weight?  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There are a few small areas of rubbed slip, which is not uncommon.  It is signed on the side, “Sofia Medina”.  Not just a classic piece of their pottery, but outstanding in size, design, and color as well!